#CIJDeckTheHalls – AllsortsofSoaps

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Let’s visit AllsortsofSoaps home

1. What got you started decorating in the manner that you do?

As Christmas is very, very hot, I don’t decorate very much outside (I don’t want anything to melt!). A lot of people now decorate the outside of their homes with lights and because the nights are so warm, families walk around the streets looking at the lights. It is really very pleasant and friendly. Coming up to Christmas, the town where I live, holds Carols by Candlelight in the park, and lots and lots of people gather to sing carols, have a picnic, and other family activities. The children love it when Santa arrives just after the Christmas story. It is a lovely community event.

I will begin making my Christmas fruit cake soon and that is about the only real cooking I do for Christmas…Cooking in the heat makes the house too hot!

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2. Where in or outside your house do you decorate?

I always put out our ceramic Nativity scene, and handmade decorations that my children have made over the years are usually hung off the door knobs going into each room. I love our warm Christmas…salads, a barbecue, and swimming. Sometimes though it is just too hot to go outside, especially if there are bush fires.

On my front veranda, I usually place my potted apple tree and decorate it so that the front of the house looks inviting. I also place a very simple wreath on the front door, but mine is looking a little shabby this year, so I think that I will have to update. Also this year, I will have to put my potted wild orange tree on the front veranda, as I have planted the apple tree.

 

3. When do you start decorating?

I don’t have any pictures as yet. We don’t usually put the tree up until the 1st of December. Most people in Australia wait until the 1st to put up their Christmas tree. We put up the tree while listening to Christmas Carols on the radio or a CD and each year my sons fight as to whose turn it is to put the star on the top of the tree.

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4. How does where you live influence your decorating?

Anyway, I keep my decorations simple and definitely energy friendly, as we don’t have the outside of our home lit up like a Christmas tree! I reserve the lights for our tree and back veranda where the barbecue setting is, as it is warm from about September until the end of May, we often eat outside and so I keep the lights up. So decking the halls is quite simple in my home!

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5. What are your social media sites?

https://www.facebook.com/allsortsofsoap

http://www.allsortsofsoap.com/

 

 

 

 

#CIJDeckTheHalls – Roses Workshop

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Let’s visit Roses Workshop home

1. What got you started decorating in the manner that you do?

Many people spend Christmas Day, or even the whole week, away from home visiting family, so don’t want to spend a lot of time and money on decorations. But a dark house is an invitation to potential burglars.

2. Where in or outside your house do you decorate?

Generally people hang one or two strings of Christmas tree lights around the inside of the bay window. Some have stained glass windows, others just hang stained glass ornaments for the season. A small Christmas tree on a table in the bay, likewise with lights and maybe some tinsel looks festive while also blocking the view into the room.

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3. When do you start decorating?

All these lights can be plugged into a time switch, so they are always on say 3 pm to 11 pm whether you are home or not. Of course some people have many more decorations throughout the house, but from the outside so-one can tell. Also our older residents can manage this style without too much climbing onto ladders.

The whole street looks lovely from about mid-December, and it’s hard to tell who’s home and who’s not.

4. How does where you live influence your decorating?

It’s windy here by the sea, so putting anything outdoors is not a great idea, especially if you won’t be around to repair any damage. However, the houses in this street have large bay windows, so most people concentrate their efforts here.

5. What are your social media sites?

https://twitter.com/rosesworkshop

http://www.rosesworkshop.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/RosesWorkshopUK

 

 

#CIJDeckTheHalls – Artpixie Art

Contributor post by Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Let’s visit artpixies home 

1. What got you started decorating in the manner that you do?

When I was a freshman in college I went to a fancy dinner at the home of one of the adult sorority sponsors. It was a Christmas wonderland (she had 3 trees!) yet, tasteful and she had made so many of the items. It still inspires me today. I just wish I’d had a camera phone then.

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2. Where in or outside your house do you decorate?

I decorate just about everywhere, except my husband’s office. He wants one Christmas free room.

3. When do you start decorating?

I change decorations for each holiday, and I love my thanksgiving stuff just as much so, I don’t change it until after thanksgiving dinner. Then we put up the tree and break out the Christmas CDs for singing together.

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4. How does where you live influence your decorating?

I used to have a “bear-y cute” Christmas tree when I lived up north where bears were all the rage. But since moving into the southwest, I’ve moved to the red rock colors – sort of; deep red, chocolate and old gold.

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5. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: artpixie

SketchFest: Ellen Million Graphics

Pinterest: AmyArtPixie

Instagram: artpixieart

Twitter: AmyArtPixie

Facebook: ArtpixieArt

#CIJDeckTheHalls – VintageEves

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Let’s visit VintageEves  home 

1. What got you started decorating in the manner that you do?

I have an eclectic style of decorating. I don’t go all-out but I put a few things out that I have collected or been given over the years. Even as kids, the tree went up but we did not do a lot of holiday decorating. A little red and green here and there and the tree.

2. Where in or outside your house do you decorate?

The decorating usually starts in the living room with the tree and the village that goes underneath. I love the look of a natural tree but prefer my artificial tree for sustainability – and it’s pretty much paid for itself over the last 10 years. The decorations then expand into the kitchen and then outside with a wreath and some poinsettia. I live in an apartment so I can only do so much outside decorating.

3. When do you start decorating?

When my kids were little, the tree went up the day after Thanksgiving, sometimes that very day. But as teenagers, the date has been pushed back. This year it will probably go up about 2 weeks from Christmas.

4. How does where you live influence your decorating?

We live in New England and the weather has been unusually warm this year. That may be what is influencing the lack of decorating spirit this year. We are focusing on ways to help others during this holiday season, though. There are many people who need help when the wind really starts to blow around here.

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5. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/vintageeves/

My blog: vintageeves.wordpress.com/

and Twitter: twitter.com/reparziale